The Can Man

(Author) (Illustrator)

Product Details

$12.95  $12.04
Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
10.25 X 9.25 X 0.25 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Laura E. Williams is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and middle grade novels. Born in South Korea and adopted by an American family, Williams has since lived and traveled all over the world. She and her husband live in Farmington, Connecticut. Visit her on the Web at

Craig Orback is a fine artist who has illustrated many highly praised books for children, several of which focus on historical subjects. The Can Man especially appealed to Orback because of its contemporary topic and setting. In addition to creating fine art and illustrations, Orback teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at local community colleges. He lives near Seattle, Washington. You can find him online at


"The spare dialogue rings true, and the full-page oil paintings have a quiet realism reminiscent of Edward Hopper in scenes of Tim's close multiracial family indoors and the Can Man alone outside. A humanizing story that reaches beyond easy messages." -- Booklist

"A modern story of kindness and its rewards, with warm and modern illustrations." -- ForeWord Magazine

"Heartwarming and faith-inspiring. . . . encourages a full perception of other human conditions." -- Midwest Book Review

"At first glance, the reader may think this will be a story about how to deal with the homeless. . . .this picture book is much more. The author provides an age-appropriate take encompassing compassion and respect for your fellow man. With a contemporary setting, Orback illustrates and Williams tells not only a tale of today's economic hardships, but also a lesson that helping your neighbor helps us all." -- Multicultural Review

Charlotte Award, New York State Reading Association
Horace Mann Upstanders Children's Literature Award, Honor Book, Antioch University
Keystone to Reading Book Awards, Keystone State Reading Association
Show Me Readers Nominee, Missouri Association of School Librarians